Divided and angry, Palestinians have been marking Israel’s birth in their way. At the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza, clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing Palestinian youths.
Normally a show of unity, “Nakba” ceremonies this year underscored the split between president Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to negotiate a peace deal with Israel, and Hamas militants, who control Gaza and oppose the talks.
While Abbas has called for continued dialogue, Hamas is urging Palestinians to join the “resistance” against Israel.
Sirens sounded at noon across West Bank cities, bringing traffic to a standstill.
People commemorated “Nakba” with rallies, black flags and black balloons.